Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960

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Woodcut artist; Durham, North Carolina.

From the description of Letter : Durham, North Carolina, 1955-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122539131

Julius J. Lankes was a maker of woodcuts whose work was represented at the Weyhe Gallery. Carl Zigrosser admired his work and promoted his career. As with many American artists of his generation, Lankes' career was never financially stable, and he also worked as an illustrator, an art educator and as a technical artist for the Federal Government. Lankes' prodigious correspondence with Carl Zigrosser covers the years 1919 to 1960. The artist's full character is revealed in his letters -- his art work, his financial struggles, his family life and personal likes and dislikes fill his letters. A continuing theme is his dissatisfaction with the "art Game." Lankes' joking, sharply observant tone sometimes develops the biting quality of a discouraged man.

From the description of Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1910-1960, n.d. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155901917

Printmaker, illustrator; Hampton, Virginia. Also known as J.J. Lankes.

From the description of Julius J. Lankes letters and prints, 1924-1932. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86122919

Virginia illustrator.

From the description of Woodcuts by Julius J. Lankes, ca. 1930. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647814628

Julius John Lankes was born in Buffalo, New York, 31 August 1884. He married Edee Maria Bartlett and had four children. He worked as a draftsman and took art courses. Lankes moved to Virginia in 1925. He was a visiting lecturer in art at Wells College and head of the section of technical illustration at Langley Field. Lankes was the author of several works and illustrated books. He died in Durham, N.C.

From the description of J.J. Lankes Collection, 1917-1946. (College of William & Mary). WorldCat record id: 23067189

Woodcut artist.

From the description of Papers, 1954-1956 [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122498113

Biography

Julius J. Lankes (1884-1960) graduated from the Buffalo Commercial and Electro-Mechanical Institute in 1902, and later studied at the Art Students' League of Buffalo and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Known primarily as a woodcut artist, he created illustrations for the Liberator and was also a contributing editor. He had notable collaborations with Robert Frost, illustrating Frost's New Hampshire and West-Running Brook, and Sherwood Anderson, establishing lifelong friendships. A Woodcut Manual (Henry Holt, 1932) was written and illustrated by Lankes. He taught at Wells College (Aurora, New York), and later became head of technical illustrating at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

From the guide to the Collection of bookplates designed by J.J. Lankes, 1921-, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

A native of Buffalo, New York, Julius John Lankes (1884-1960) achieved national recognition for his mastery of woodcut printintg. His works, numbering about thirteen hundred, helped elevate woodblock print beyond illustration in commercial productions to recognition as a fine art. Lankes graduated from Buffalo Commercial and Electro-Mechanical Institute in 1902 and worked as a draftman specializing in patent drawings before continuing his art studies at the Art Students' League at Buffalo and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. In 1951, Lankes moved to Durham, North Carolina. He suffered a debilitating stroked in 1959 and died on April 22, 1960 in Durham. He was buried in Buffalo on 25 April 1960.

Biographical Source: http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whoweare/exhibits/prints/,2008

From the guide to the J. J. Lankes Papers, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. J. J. Lankes woodcuts owned by Louis I. Jaffe [manuscript], 1920-1940. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-. Catalog and prints of Julius J. Lankes' woodcuts [manuscript], 1917-1958. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. Correspondence, 1906-1963. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Thompson, Lawrence Roger, 1906-1973. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1969. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Collection of bookplates designed by J.J. Lankes, 1921- University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
referencedIn Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. Rockwell Kent papers, ca.1885-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Letter to Lawrence O. Cheever. Hilton Village, VA. 1947 Oct. 18. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Dartmouth College. Alumni Council. Alumni Fund Committee. The testing-time for loyalties. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Weitenkampf, Frank, 1866-1962. Frank Weitenkampf papers, 1886-1962. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Woodcuts by Julius J. Lankes, ca. 1930. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. Papers of Ellen Glasgow [manuscript], 1880-1963. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Wood blocks and prints of Julius J. Lankes [manuscript], 1923 and 1951. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gubelmann, William S. Graduation certificate and patent, 1902, 1931. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Letters received : chiefly from Louis Isaac Jaffé, 1930-1982. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. [J.J. Lankes collection, 1897-1962]. Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Rare Books
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Woodcuts owned by Louis I. Jaffe, 1920-1940. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. [Wedding announcements of Robert Frost's daughters, Irma and Marjorie]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Radin, Herman T. (Herman Theodore), b. 1878. Herman T. Radin letters, 1911-1944. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Biddle, George, 1885-1973. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1922-1971, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf J. J. Lankes Papers University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. [Wood block for Robert Frost "K" woodcut] / J.J. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Derleth, August William, 1909-1971. August William Derleth papers, 1858, 1907-1978. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Piskor, Frank Peter,. The Frank P. Piskor Collection of Robert Frost : 1874-[ongoing], (bulk 1916-1970) St. Lawrence University, Owen D. Young Library
creatorOf Taggard, Genevieve, 1894-1948. Papers, 1930-1948. New Hampshire Newsp Project
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. J.J. Lankes Collection, 1917-1946. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Kent, Norman, 1903-1972. Norman Kent papers, 1939-1964. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. Editorial correspondence files, A-E, of the Virginian-Pilot [manuscript], 1919-1953. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977. Letter to J.J. Lankes, 1951 April 9. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Correspondence : to Carl Zigrosser, 1927. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915- ,. Papers chiefly regarding Julius J. Lankes and Robert Frost [manuscript], 1928-1982. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. Letter, 1936 February 6, to J.J. Lankes [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf James, Alexander, 1890-1946. Alexander Robertson James papers, 1893-1983 1914-1946 (bulk dates). Archives of American Art
creatorOf Young, S. Typed letter unsigned to: Mr. J. J. Lankes May 16, 1930. Wellesley College
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Autograph letter signed J.J. Lankes to: "Miss Young" February 21, 1929. Wellesley College
referencedIn Barrett, Clifton Waller, 1901-. Miscellaneous manuscript ephemera from the Robert Frost Collection, Clifton Waller Barrett Library, 1938-1963. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Davidson, Allan Albert, 1913- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1922-1928, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Illustrations for The Goodhues of Sinking Creek [manuscript], 1933-1934. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius John. Papers, 1954-1956 [microform]. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Correspondence to Paul Philippe Cret, 1922. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. Letters to J.J. Lankes, 1927-1929. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lankes, J. B. Correspondence concerning Carl Zigrosser, 1988-1989. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1910-1960, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Bradford, Roark, 1896-1948. Roark Bradford papers, 1927-1949 Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
referencedIn Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-. Correspondence and papers regarding Julius J. Lankes : [multimedia], ca. 1911-1978. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. Papers of Ellen Glasgow [manuscript], ca. 1877-1974. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-,. Recordings narrated by Julius Bartlett Lankes [manuscript] : [multimedia], ca. 1920s-1981. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf United States. Office of War Information. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1943-1944. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Genevieve Taggard papers, 1881-2001, 1920-1948 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. Papers : of Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow, ca. 1877-1974. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Julius J. Lankes letters and prints, 1924-1932. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shepherd, L. A., 1917-1996. Papers of L. A. Shepherd [manuscript], ca.1861-1996. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Letter to [Paul] Engle. Hilton Villiage, VA. 1941 Sept. 21. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-. Carl Zigrosser papers, 1891-1971. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Frank Weitenkampf papers, 1886-1962 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. Editorial correspondence files, W-Z, of the Virginian-Pilot [manuscript], 1919-1972 (bulk 1922-1949). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-,. Prints and catalog of Julius J. Lankes's woodcuts [manuscript], 1918-1978. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Taggard, Genevieve, 1894-1948. Genevieve Taggard papers, 1881-2001 (bulk 1920-1948). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. Papers of James Southall Wilson, 1928-1959. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius John. Letter : Durham, North Carolina, 1955-1956. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Rockwell Kent Papers, ca.1885-1970. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Wood blocks, prints, and letters of Julius J. Lankes [manuscript], 1920-1987. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Correspondence with Wanda Gág, 1926-1945. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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associatedWith Anderson, Eleanor Copenhaver, d. 1985, person
associatedWith Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941. person
associatedWith Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953. person
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associatedWith Biddle, George, 1885-1973. person
associatedWith Bradford, Roark, 1896-1948. person
associatedWith Brown, Bolton, 1864-1936. person
associatedWith Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967. person
associatedWith Burnett, W. R. (William Riley), 1899-1982 . person
associatedWith Chapman, James J. person
associatedWith Cheeever, Lawrence Oakley, 1907-1974, person
associatedWith Coates, Robert M. (Robert Myron), 1897-1973. person
associatedWith Dartmouth College. Alumni Council. Alumni Fund Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Debry, Paul. person
associatedWith Derleth, August, person
associatedWith Eastman, Max, 1883-1969. person
associatedWith Engle, Paul, 1908-1991, person
associatedWith Fiscus, Richard E., person
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associatedWith Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. person
associatedWith Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. person
associatedWith Harper & Brothers, corporateBody
associatedWith Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. person
associatedWith James, Alexander, 1890-1946. person
associatedWith J. J. Lankes person
associatedWith Kent, Norman, 1903-1972. person
associatedWith Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Lankes, J. B. person
associatedWith Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-, person
associatedWith MacVeagh, Lincoln, 1890-1972. person
associatedWith Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972. person
associatedWith Neel, Marvin H. (Marvin Harmon), 1908-1980? person
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associatedWith Osborne, Ted, person
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associatedWith Radin, Herman T. (Herman Theodore), b. 1878. person
associatedWith Rose, Ruth Starr. person
associatedWith Rushmore, Arthur W., 1883-1955, person
associatedWith Schuermann, Madeleine, person
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associatedWith Taggard, Genevieve, 1894-1948. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Mount Equinox (Vt.)
Henry, Cape (Va.)
Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
North Carolina
Rochester (N.Y.)
Grayson County (Va.)
Troutdale (Va.)
Virginia--Cape Henry
Rochester (N.Y.)
Hilton Village (Va.)
Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Germany)
Virginia
Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Germany)
Buffalo (N.Y.)
Norfolk (Va.)
Williamsburg (Va.)
Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
Hilton Village (Va.)
Troutdale (Va.)
Virginia--Cape Henry
Norfolk (Va.)
Buffalo (N.Y.)
Williamsburg (Va.)
Henry, Cape (Va.)
New York (State)--Buffalo
Subject
Wood-engraving--Printing
Wood-engraving, American
Artists' bookplates
Illustration of books
Wood-engraving, American--20th century
Lighthouses--Pictorial works
Wood-engraving--20th century
Block printing
Wood-engravers
Printmakers
Wood-engraving
Bookplates, American--20th century
Etching, American--20th century
Art archives
Art--History--Sources
Wood-carving--Specimens
Etching--Printing
Bookplates--Printing
Wood-engraving--Specimens
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Birth 1884-08-31

Death 1960-04-22

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